The Corner


Dean Heller Is Pulling Away in the Nevada Senate Race

In the Nevada Senate race, incumbent Republican Dean Heller appears to be consolidating his lead against Democratic congresswoman Jacky Rosen. In a poll of the race from Emerson late last week, Heller led Rosen 48 to 41 percent.

Three percent of likely voters told Emerson they’d support an unnamed third-party candidate, and 8 percent said they remain undecided — with just three weeks to go until Election Day.

Earlier last week, another survey indicated that Heller was regaining the advantage in a race that has been widely considered the top chance for Democrats to pick up a seat in the Senate. A New York Times/Siena poll also found Heller leading Rosen, although by a slimmer margin of two points, 47 to 45 percent. An NBC News/Marist poll from early October also showed Heller with a two-point lead, ahead of Rosen 46 to 44 percent.

In September, several polls had suggested that Rosen — who is in her first term representing Nevada’s third congressional district — was in the lead. Late last month, a CNN survey put her ahead of the Republican incumbent 47 to 43 percent.

Heller was first elected to his own full term in the Senate in 2012, after having been appointed to fill the seat in 2010. He voted earlier this month to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and faced criticism from Rosen for having done so.

Heller is the only Republican senator up for reelection in a state that Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election — she took Nevada’s six Electoral College votes by a margin of 2.4 percent over Donald Trump.